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Sodium: can infants consume too much?

E. Derbyshire (Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)
G.J. Davies (Department of Applied Science, London South Bank University, London, UK)

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 6 November 2007




Although small levels of sodium may be beneficial during infancy, high intakes may be detrimental to infant health. The aim of this paper is to give an overview on how sodium can influence infant health status in the short and long term.


The most up‐to‐date and pertinent studies within the literature have been included and summated in this paper.


The findings from this review indicate that high sodium intakes during infancy can have short‐ and long‐term health implications. Predominant sources of sodium include: cow's milk, formula diluted with high‐sodium bottled water and home‐prepared foods. Dietary advice needs to be imparted to parents with regard to “safe sodium” intakes for infants and how these can be achieved.


This paper gives a concise, up‐to‐date overview evaluating sodium intake and infant health.



Derbyshire, E. and Davies, G.J. (2007), "Sodium: can infants consume too much?", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 37 No. 6, pp. 400-405.



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